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Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor Borodin Help Opus Details
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The Polovtsian Dances come from Borodin's only completed opera Prince Igor. In this opera, set in 12th century Russia, Igor and his son Vladimir set out to fight the Polovtsi tribe, but are captured. However they are treated well, and even entertained with dancing, This is where these dances feature in the opera.. Borodin exhibits a flair for oriental imagery and orchestral colour. His orchestral showpiece makes a spectacular impression.

A quiet introduction sets the scene, with a sensuous flute tune accompanied by descending chromatic passages on the oboe, and lively rhythmic pizzicato strings. The first theme is the Gliding Dance of the Maidens, introduced by the oboe, with the harp in the background, then joined by clarinets and bassoons, then taken up by the strings. The second theme is the Wild Dance of the Men, a sort of dervish, with extremely rapid clarinet passages, later joined by oboes and bassoons, then by violins. The third theme is a General Dance, dramatically introduced by the timpani, then tutti. At this point in the opera, a chorus sings praises to the tribe's Glorious Khan. The fourth theme is a slow chromatic tune on the strings, which later acts as a counter-melody to the General Dance.
Category: Tone Poem Orchestra Featuring Flute Romantic Period
Time Signature 4 /4 Key Signature   F# Minor also featuring Oboe, Timpani Play MP3 using player below.

1    Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor - introductory theme on flutes

2    The first main theme (and most well-known fragment 'Stranger in paradise') is the Gliding Dance of the Maidens, introduced by the oboe, with the harp in the background, then joined by clarinets and bassoons, then taken up by the strings.

3    The second theme is the Wild Dance of the Men, a sort of dervish, with extremely rapid clarinet passages, later joined by oboes and bassoons, then by violins.

4    The third theme is a General Dance, dramatically introduced by the timpani, then tutti. At this point in the opera, a chorus sung praises to the tribe's Glorious Khan.

5    The fourth theme is a slow chromatic tune on the strings, which later acts as a counter-melody to the General Dance.
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